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The Sanford Center staff is busy booking shows to fill between hockey events, and one wonders how the ice holds up under all these lights, heat and stomping feet.

Bemidji is lucky to have an arena large enough to accommodate these large road shows. At the end of the week, an Emmy winning show, originally filmed for use as a public television membership drive event, is coming to Bemidji in a live, family friendly concert that is truly intergenerational. The Fab Four — The Ultimate Tribute is the only live Beatles tribute show that is truly precise in research and planning. Viewers from across the country, and the world, have spoken about being brought back in time in an uncanny presentation by four men who weren’t even old enough to see The Beatles perform live.

And, in the near future, the popular country music act, The Band Perry, along with Easton Corbin and Lindsay Eli, will play the Sanford; another chance to say you’ve been there and seen it. The Ten Tenors from down under (Australia) also will be gracing the stage in early February. Have you got your tickets for Red Green’s show in mid-April, or for the legendary band Chicago on April 27? And the Sanford Center just announced Friday that another country music star, Jake Owen, will play here in March.


The Walker-Hackensack-Akeley High School Music Department will hold its first-ever Walker Area Band and Choir Festival. WHA has invited bands and choirs from neighboring high schools, including Nevis, Northland, Laporte and the choir from Trek North in Bemidji. There will be a free public concert at 1:30 p.m. in the WHA Middle School gym, 301 Fourth St, in Walker.


Fiber artist Dawn Standera will showcase her unusual talent in knotted sculpture at 5 p.m. at the Baudette (Minn.) Library at a Meet the Artist Event, 110 First Ave.


“The Life and Times of George Bonga: A looming figure in the Northwoods,” the second in a four-part series presented by the Beltrami County Historical Society and the Bemidji Public Library starts at 6 p.m. in the front meeting room at the library. Barry Babcock will talk about

George Bonga and his role in the exploration and fur trade of northern Minnesota. This family friendly series is free to the public.


• Bemidji High School Vocalmotive Dinner Show begins at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria commons. Tickets are $16 and $18 and available 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday at the BHS ticket office.

• The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute live at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanford Center. Tickets in advance at the box office are $27, $37 and $47.


Bemidji High School Vocalmotive Dinner Shows begin at 1 and 7 p.m. in the cafeteria commons. Tickets are $16 and $18 and available 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday at the BHS ticket office.


Bemidji High School Vocalmotive Dinner Show begins at 4 p.m. in the cafeteria commons. Tickets are $16 and $18 and available 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday at the BHS ticket office.


The Oxcars - -a Celebration of Excellence for Regional Theaters will be honoring Bemidji Community Theater, Northern Light Opera, Minnesota Folklore Theater and Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective. Cate Belleveau and Robert Thomas are the masters of ceremonies and will present awards for best acting, choreography, directing and design elements. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan 26 at Hondo and Suzi’s Dance Studio in Bemidji. Tickets are $10 each and available now at Shannon’s Art and Soul in downtown Bemidji or by credit card by calling (218) 243-2685.

“Shaynowishkung: Ojibwe Culture, History and Perspectives” presented by Elaine

Fleming at 6 p.m. in the Bemidji Public Library. Appropriate for all ages and free.


• Beltrami County History Center features artwork work from Gallery North and their new history exhibit “Trails Through Time.” The center is open Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

• Brigid’s Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave.; installation is from the artists of Studio 10 titled “Winter Pastimes.”

• Gallery North, 502 Third St. NW, continues its “Holiday Boutique” of handmade items.

• Headwaters Science Center, 413 Beltrami Ave., presents TrekNorth alumna Lindsey Owens who participated in the “Art From Within” juried shows in 2011 and 2013. She also worked on an art project with HSC and completed a mural combining the importance of art and science as part of a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) initiative.

• Neilson Place presents “Walking Through Nature,” an exhibit of paintings by Maureen O’Brien for people who cannot walk through nature. Neilson Place is located on the Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW., and viewers may visit during regular visiting hours

• Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. NW, presents “New Collaborations” by Marlon Davidson and Don Knutson whose work is known for its dimensional, mixed-media wall pieces with one of the objectives being combining natural elements and more sophisticated content put together in such a way that makes the piece harmonious.


Pecha Kucha is looking for speakers for a Feb. 20 event at the Sanford Center. Speakers give quick presentations of 20 images for 20 seconds for a total of six minutes and 40 seconds on any subject. This is a family friendly event that has features speakers on their favorite hobbies, athletics, creating art and traveling. Named for the Japanese words of chitchat. Pecha Kucha is usually pronounced “pe-chak-cha.” For more information, visit PKN Bemidji on Facebook or

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